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Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)


Grant amount: US $50,000 - US $150,000

Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Canada, Mexico, United States

Location of residency: Canada, Mexico, United States

Overview:

Overview

The Monarch Butterfly and Pollinators Conservation Fund is soliciting proposals to advance conservation of the monarch butterfly and other at-risk native insect pollinators. The majority of funding will support projects that benefit monarch butterfly, but projects that address demonstrated needs for other federally listed or candidate insect pollinator species are also eligible. The most-competitive projects will demonstrate clear benefits to both monarch butterfly and other at-risk native insect pollinators. Grants will be awarded in two primary categories:

  • habitat improvement; and
  • outreach and organization coordination.

Up to $1.6 million is expected to be available for grant awards in 2018. Funding is provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Shell Oil Company, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Geological Survey. 

Geographic Fous

Much of the available grant funding will be directed to projects that benefit monarch butterfly and other at-risk pollinators within the monarch butterfly range in the United States. Priority will be given to projects within the monarch butterfly eastern population migratory flyway, which includes the 16 states of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin. Priority in the West will be given to projects on or adjacent to U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands or important monarch butterfly overwintering sites. 

Program Priorities

Grant funding will be awarded in the following two categories:

  • ​Habitat Improvement
  • Outreach and Organizational Coordination

Each applicant will identify the one category that best describes the proposed project. If a project is expected to yield benefits in both categories, an applicant may list the other category as secondary. In general, a project with strong, focused activities and outcomes in a single category will compete better than a less-focused project that spans both categories. If a project is expected to benefit multiple at-risk pollinator species, the applicant should describe the relevant species and how they will benefit. The following sections provide more information on the funding categories. 

Habitat Improvement

Funding in this category will support on-the-ground work to increase the quality, quantity and connectivity of habitat for monarch butterfly and other native insect pollinators. Applicants in this category should define a step-by-step restoration plan, including site preparation, equipment used, planting techniques, size of the project area, and maintenance plan (e.g., prescribed burning, mowing, grazing schedules). If preparing a proposal that includes collecting or propagating native plants, applicants should describe the intended use of the seed or seedlings. 

Funding will primarily support the following three strategies:

  • ​Restore and enhance habitat, with an emphasis on regionally appropriate milkweed and a diversity of nectar plants. 
  • Increase native seed and seedling supply, with an emphasis on improving the sustainability and affordability of regionally appropriate, local ecotypes (see definition on page 4).
  • Protect and improve western monarch butterfly overwintering sites.

Restoration work will be focused on the following lands:

  • ​Federal, state and tribal lands
  • Right-of-way: rail, transmission/pipeline, and roadside
  • Agricultural lands: buffers, rangeland and pastureland, roadsides, field edges, including land enrolled in Farm Bill programs
  • Western lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management or identified as important monarch butterfly overwintering sites

Monarch habitat plantings across the breeding range must include at least one species of regionally appropriate milkweed. Monarch habitat must also include nectar plants with bloom times that coincide with the presence of monarchs in the project site area. To meet the nutritional needs of breeding and migrating adult monarchs, monarch plantings must provide at least three blooming nectar plant species (in addition to milkweed) during each of the following periods: spring (March 20–June 1), summer (June 2–August 15), and fall (August 16–October 30). In addition to enhancing larval and nectar plant sources, projects proposed to benefit other pollinators should specify actions to improve insect nesting sites. 

Outreach and Organizational Coordination

Funding in this category will support efforts to align and expand monarch and pollinator conservation efforts across organizations, states and regions. Competitive projects will improve information exchange, coordinate conservation efforts, and promote implementation of conservation practices. This category seeks to advance innovative and catalytic approaches that ultimately link to on-the-ground projects. 

Funding will primarily support the following three strategies:

  • ​Establish and promote state and regional consortia focused on monarch and pollinator conservation (should aim to be inclusive, with participation by academia, NGOs, federal, state and local governments, the private sector, and other important stakeholders, such as tribes, landowners and other citizens). 
  • Support positions and programming that is additive (i.e., new positions and programming as opposed to existing positions and overhead).
  • Promote the application of best management practices for restoring, enhancing and maintaining monarch and pollinator habitat.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • ​Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, U.S. Federal government agencies, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, educational institutions, and international organizations.
  • Matching funds of at least 1:1 in non-U.S. federal funds will be required.

Preferences:

  • Much of the available grant funding will be directed to projects that benefit monarch butterfly and other at-risk pollinators within the monarch butterfly range in the United States.
  • Priority will be given to projects within the monarch butterfly eastern population migratory flyway, which includes the 16 states of:
    • Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.
  • Priority in the West will be given to projects on or adjacent to U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands or important monarch butterfly overwintering sites. 

Ineligibility:

  • Ineligible applicants include for profit businesses and unincorporated individuals.
  • ​NFWF funds and matching contributions may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
  • NFWF funds may not be used to support ongoing efforts to comply with legal requirements, including permit conditions, mitigation and settlement agreements.
    • However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts.  


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